Signaling that Internet Of Things technology has officially hit the mainstream, this year IKEA launched the Trådfri line of bulbs, LED panels and cabinet doors that can all be controlled using a remote or app.
“The exciting opportunity for this new tech is that it grows with you,” says interior designer Afroditi Krassa, who will be presenting a seminar at this month’s Decorex exploring how interiors are adapting to suit the needs of the constantly connected millennial customer.
Krassa continues: “The millennial generation will expect their homes to understand their needs and respond accordingly, whether they are in the mood for downtime and ‘digital detox’, or virtual social time.”
Upgrade your air
Unsurprisingly, given the growing awareness of mental and physical health, many of the latest home technology products focus on wellness – a rapidly growing industry that is currently estimated to be worth $3.72 trillion. Concerns over air quality and anxiety in cities has given rise to products such as Molekule – a smartly designed air purifier that breaks down pollen and dust at a molecular level, and Pium – a smart diffuser that builds up a profile of your needs in order to pump out the optimal fragrance for different times of day.
“Olfaction is strongly connected to memory,” says Pium CEO Ryan Kihm. “It’s very emotional and impressive media affecting our mood and mind. Home fragrance can help make our actions happier, more calm, and more productive. I want Pium to be a smart agent for that matter.”